WATCH THIS: SATURDAY
“College Football” (6:30 p.m., NBC): To stay alive in the College Football Playoff discussion, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have to keep winning, and win big. Senior wideout Miles Boykin has been helping them do just that and will be called on again tonight when the Irish host the Florida State Seminoles. As an independent, Notre Dame will not play in a conference championship game. They’ll be challenged by both Syracuse and USC to close out their season.
“The Bridge on the River Kwai” (4 p.m., TCM): Airing as part of TCM’s Veterans Day weekend lineup of war films, David Lean’s classic 1957 adaptation of the Pierre Boulle novel earned seven Oscars, including best picture and director. Alec Guinness was named best actor for his portrayal of a British colonel leading fellow prisoners of war in building a railroad bridge for the Japanese. An American officer (William Holden) schemes to destroy it.
“When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special” (6 p.m., HBO): Season 49 of the children’s series is scheduled to launch next weekend, but this 50-minute stand-alone special makes a delightful prelude for the upcoming new episodes. The story revolves around a mysterious pickle that appears to have uncanny powers, because when it is delivered to Sesame Street, neighborhood friends Elmo, Abby and Bert are delighted to see their wishes starting to come true.
“Cloud 9” (7 p.m., Disney): Dove Cameron (“Liv & Maddie”) stars in this family-friendly new drama as Kayla, a prima donna snowboarder whose team dumps her. She’s forced to train with Will (Luke Benward, “Good Luck Charlie”), a former champion branded as a failure after a career-ending wipeout, and she becomes as helpful to him as he is to her. Jeffrey Nordling (“Body of Proof”) also stars.
“It’s Christmas, Eve” (7 p.m., Hallmark): Interim school superintendent Eve Morgan (LeAnn Rimes) makes her living traveling around and trying to turn around the fortunes of failing schools, but she’s surprised when she is assigned to visit one in her hometown. In the course of events there, she meets single dad Liam Bailey (Tyler Hynes), head of the school’s music department, which is clinging to life by a thread. Fortunately for him, music is close to Eve’s heart.
“Love, Simon” (7 p.m., 10:30 p.m., HBO): Greg Berlanti directed this feel-good 2018 charmer that is notable for being the first film by a major Hollywood studio to focus on a gay teen romance. Nick Robinson stars as suburban Atlanta teenager Simon Spier, who is well-liked by his classmates. They don’t know that Simon is gay, but a classmate discovers Simon’s secret when Simon exchanges e-mails with another closeted student.